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Investigators find more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana during traffic stop

Alfredo Mejia-Martinez, 55, of Lopeño is charged with possession of more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, a first-degree felony. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

(KGBT) -- Investigators found more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana Wednesday, when they stopped a tractor-trailer in Texas near the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy stopped the tractor-trailer near the intersection of El Cibolo Road and U.S. 281, according to a news release from the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office.

After a K-9 alerted to the trailer, investigators conducted a search. They found wooden crates packed with 3,051 pounds of marijuana.

Agents with the Hidalgo County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force arrested the driver, 55-year-old Alfredo Mejia-Martinez of Lopeño, and seized the marijuana.

U.S. Border Patrol, the Sheriff's Office, the Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Constable's Office and the Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Constable's Office assisted with the marijuana bust.

Mejia is charged with possession of more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, a first-degree felony.

Court records don't list an attorney for Mejia, who remains at the Hidalgo County jail and couldn't be reached for comment.

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